Because we are aware that children will lose their first set of teeth, we tend to think that their dental hygiene isn’t all that important. After all, the first set completely falls out – why do they need to be looked after? They shouldn’t be overlooked because the first set sets to tone for the second set. If you have dental issues in the beginning, it is possible for those same issues to plague the following set. So, as soon as you child begins to show they are beginning to teethe, or it’s their first birthday, take them to a dental professional. They will not only give you indications of any issues that may arise in the future but can also alleviate any dental anxiety going forward.
Plaque has bacteria that produces toxins and damages gums. The bacteria gather around pockets in your gums. Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque on your teeth and gums. This will lead to bleeding gums and gums pulling away from the teeth. Eventually teeth will become loose and possibly fall out. As you begin to teach your child dental hygiene practices, keep these tips in mind to help your child ward off gum disease:
Be sure your child brushes twice a day for two minutes and flosses as well
Brush with toothpaste that has fluoride
Use a soft bristled toothbrush; replace every 3 months or after any illness
Make sure your child eats a healthy diet. Avoid sugary snacks and junk food
Take your child for regular dental visits for checkups and cleanings
To learn more about pediatric dental hygiene, call Dr. David Musarra at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.
Dr. David Musarra proudly accepts patients from Hoboken and all surrounding areas.
Many patients tend to schedule dental visits only when they have an immediate need, such as tooth pain. Generally speaking, pain is a protective response that ranges from minor sensitivity to severe pain and informs the body that something is wrong. As for tooth pain, it is caused by a reaction of the nerves inside a tooth’s pulp chamber with the severity dependent upon the type and degree of the stimulus. There are many different types of dental pain, for example:
Sensitivity to hot and cold food and drink may not be a serious problem, especially if only lasts a few moments after contact; however, if it lasts longer than a few moments, it could be caused by decay, a loose filling, or an exposed tooth root due to receding gums.
Pain when biting down on food is often caused by decay or cracked teeth, and depending on the severity of the decay, may require an endodontist to perform a root canal to clean out the damaged nerve pulp within the tooth.
A dull ache or feeling of pressure above your upper teeth may not be tooth related at all – sometimes it can be sinus congestion from a cold or flu. Of course, it could also be tooth related, as dull aches can also be caused by grinding or clenching, which can cause significant problems to your teeth over time.
Constant pain along the gum line can be caused by periodontal disease, and can be accompanied by swelling and bleeding gums. Periodontal disease should be treated quickly, as it often involves both teeth and gums, and the infection can spread causing significant health problems.
If you’re experiencing tooth pain, be sure to make an appointment to have your dentist check on the underlying cause as soon as possible. Finding and treating the cause early can save both pain and money, as most of the underlying causes of pain tend to become more expensive to fix the longer they’re left untreated. Regular cleanings and checkups are a great opportunity for your dentist to find small problems before they turn into big problems, hopefully keeping your mouthy healthy enough that you’ll have no tooth pain at all.